gtans - Tangram game for X
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Gtans is a tangram game that runs in X. Tangram is a kind of puzzle
game where the player has to arrange a set of pieces to match a given
No command-line options
Use the graphical interface to customize the program. See below.
move the pieces (known as tans) until they match the figure drawn on
the right window. You must always use the seven tans and they should
not be laid on top of one another.
To move a tan, click and drag it with left mouse button, for rotation
click AROUND it. You can flip the selected tan by right-clicking. This
is usefull for the parallelogram tan (all positions can not be reached
by rotating only).
If you are a beginner to Tangram you should try the first 10 figures.
The other ones are not sorted, some of them are very difficult (to my
When a figure has been solved the background color of the silhouette
area changes. The solved figures are remembered by saving a status file
in the user’s directory (~/.gtans/afile.figures.status for a figure
file called afile.figures)
Show a tan This button shows the position of a tan. Each further click
will display an other tan.
Show outline Draw the figure in the main area. This makes the game much
Preferences Most of this menu’s options allow you to change the colors
used by the game. For the main area you may choose textures (pixmap
files) instead of colors. Some sample files are supplied (I can’t
remember where I found them) but as the complete pathname is saved in
the config file you can choose a file located anywhere (for example in
/usr/share/pixmaps/). On a 8 bits display the colors may not be exactly
what you want (GTK tries to find the best matching color).
Preferences/Tans size/Increase Makes the tans 5 % bigger relatively to
the game area. If you resize the window the tans size will be scaled.
Preferences/Tans size/Decrease Makes the tans 4.76 % smaller
Preferences/Accuracy Changes the precision of the comparison between
the tans position and the solution. A lower accuracy makes the game
Preferences/Rotation Step by step allows only rotation by increment of
11.5 degrees. Continuous rotation makes the game more difficult and
you probably shouldn’t use it unless you really dislike step by step
Preferences/Figures file Allows you to choose another figures file.
Preferences/Save config Save a config file in the user’s home
Misc/Clear figure status Set the current figure as unsolved.
Misc/Clear all figures status Set all the loaded figures (i.e. from the
current figure file) as unsolved.
~/.gtans/.gtansrc Configuration options for gtans. All
of these options can be set from the interface, there should be no
need to edit this file.
~/.gtans/somename.figures.status Status files (for each
figures file the user played with) remenbering which figures where
The gtans homepage at <http://gtans.sourceforge.net/>.
Additional information and documentation can also be found in
The author of gtans is Philippe Banwarth <email@example.com>
February 2000 gtans(6)